If you’re embarrassed by your smile but don’t want to wait through the months of orthodontic work required for braces, there is a solution for you. Dental veneers are thin covers that fit permanently over each of your original teeth, giving you the appearance and color you want.
Veneers aren’t just for cosmetic purposes. They also are used to hide cracks or damage to teeth and protect them. The strength of the veneer material holds up to regular chewing and biting that your natural teeth have to handle every day.
The cost of veneers in the Houston area depends on several factors, but can range from $800 to $2,000 per tooth. In most cases, you’ll want to have veneers placed on all the visible teeth in your smile, so the color and look is uniform. Placing veneers on all your visible teeth can cost between $8,000 and $20,000.
What Factors Determine the Cost of Veneers?
While veneers don’t require ongoing appointments like other forms of orthodontic work or cosmetic dentistry, you will need to make some choices with your doctor that will influence the final cost.
Type of Material
The most common type of veneers are made from porcelain, because it is durable and closely matches the look of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers average about $1,000 per tooth in Houston. While porcelain veneers have been in use for decades, recent technology has created even thinner and longer lasting versions. You may have heard of the brand Lumineers, a popular type of modern-day porcelain veneers. These are thinner veneers that don’t require as much preparation, and they can cost up to $2,000 per tooth.
Composite resin is another material used for dental veneers. This long-lasting plastic-like material is not as popular as porcelain because it typically does not last quite as long, though improvements in the process ensure they’ll be in your mouth for at least a decade. Composite veneers are usually slightly less expensive, averaging between $800 and $1,500 per tooth.
Other types of veneers are designed specifically to cover damage and protect teeth. These are usually made from a type of composite material, made to fit specifically to your mouth and cost more than purely cosmetic veneers.
Number of Teeth
Most patients who have veneers placed elect to put them on all visible teeth. Doing so prevents problems with mismatched veneers and natural teeth and ensures uniformity between the teeth in your smile. For most people this is between six and 10 teeth. The number of teeth on which you have veneers placed will influence the cost.
If you’re not getting veneers placed on all of your visible teeth, you may need to make some decisions about color. If you plan to get your natural teeth whitened, you’ll need to undergo that process before getting fitted for veneers.
Remember that any behaviors that caused your teeth to darken, like drinking coffee or smoking, will cause the teeth to stain again and potentially not match your veneers. You may need to have regular whitening treatments designed to keep your original teeth matched to your veneers.
Number of Appointments
Some dental professionals can offer single-appointment veneers, where you are fit and prepared for the veneers before having them placed the same day. This can be very convenient, but it involves the veneers being constructed from a uniformly-colored block of ceramic that is shaped by equipment in your dentist’s office.
If customized veneers must be created to better match your original teeth, this may involve an additional appointment that could add to your overall cost. You’ll also have to wear temporary veneers between appointments.
How Are Veneers Placed?
Your teeth need to be prepared for veneers, which involves shaving away a very thin layer of enamel. This helps the veneer bond permanently and last for many years, but it cannot be reversed. The process is not particularly difficult, though some patients may wish to have topical dental anesthetic. Note that some brands of very thin veneers, including Lumineers, may not require removal of enamel to ensure a proper fit.
Your dentist will then create a mold of your teeth so the veneers can be made. If they’ll be made right away, you can wait for them to be ready; if the veneers will be created off-site for you, you’ll have temporary veneers put in.
With multiple appointments, you’ll come back to your dentist’s office when your new veneers are ready. Temporary veneers will be removed and your dentist will use a bonding cement to adhere your new veneers. Once the veneers are in place, you and your dentist can evaluate the fit and color before curing and creating a permanent bond.
How Long Will Veneers Last?
While today’s veneers last for many years, their lifespan will be dependent on your health and oral hygiene. You’ll need to take excellent care of your mouth to prevent decay and gum disease that can impact the fit and look of your veneers. With the right maintenance, composite veneers can last 7 to 10 years and porcelain veneers can last 15 and possibly as long as 20 years.
People who grind their teeth may have a reduced lifespan for veneers, because the pressure can lead to cracks in the porcelain or composite material. Talk to your dentist about whether your grinding could be a problem or — especially if you grind at night — whether an appliance could help protect your teeth.
When your veneers have reached the end of their lifespan, your dentist will remove them and start the process over. You’ll have new veneers fit and placed, utilizing the latest technology, to last at least another 10 to 20 years.
How Much Will Your Insurance Contribute Towards Veneers?
Because getting veneers placed is usually a cosmetic procedure, most dental insurance plans will not cover them. In some rare cases, damage to your teeth that could be covered and protected with a veneer might qualify for coverage. Be sure to call your insurance provider and check to see if any part of getting veneers placed could be covered under your policy.
How Can You Find the Best Cost for Dental Veneers in Houston?
You want the most knowledgeable dental professionals to fit and place your veneers. The right preparation and positioning can keep your veneers lasting longer and looking better over time. While cost is important, you want to make sure your teeth are in the care of the most experienced dentists.
At Omega Dental Specialists, we can help you set up a payment plan to make getting veneers more manageable. Call us today at 713-322-7474 or fill out our online contact form to learn more about our services and what we can do to make your smile brighter and increase your health and confidence.